The four successful recipients of the 2014 MPA Academy Film Fund grant of US$25,000 were announced tonight at the 8th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony in Brisbane, Australia.
Dror Moreh (Israel)
Dror Moreh was inducted to the APSA Academy in 2013 as producer of The Gatekeepers which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film award. He received one of the development grant through his documentary film project CORRIDORS OF POWER.
“Dror Moreh’s new film, Corridors of Power, is a bold and confronting examination of how the world’s political leaders have responded to reports of mass killings and genocide around the world in recent decades. His film explores the connection between the strength of political responses and economic self-interests. The film will take us far behind the scenes, into the inner sanctums of the world’s most powerful decision makers.”
Jafar Panahi (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Jafar Panahi is one of the development grant recipients for the feature film project Flower (Goul). Panahi was a member of the Inaugural APSA International Jury and was inducted to the Academy in 2008. The project is written and directed by Panah Panahi, and Jafar Panahi will sit as Executive Director.
“Flower explores a challenging drama is drawn from real life, and brings home the plight of people with disabilities in Iran. This film will be directed by Jafar’s son, Panah, who is an emerging director of distinction and shares his father’s humanist concerns.”
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh)
As the winner of the Jury Grand Prize in 2014 through his film, Television – Farooki was inducted to the APSA Academy. He is one of the development grant recipients for his feature film project No Land’s Man.
“A leading figure in the emerging Bangladeshi cinema, Farooki’s new film, No Land’s Man is a dark satirical drama. The film examines the plight of a man from a religious minority who is persecuted in his home country, and escapes overseas only to find himself still the target of racial prejudice and hostility in the USA and Australia.”
Signe Byrge Sørensen (Denmark)
Signe Byrge Sørensen is one of the producer of The Act of Killing, the 2014 APSA Best Documentary Feature Film winner, where she got inducted into the Academy. Sørensen is one of the winner for the development grant for her documentary feature film project On Screen Off Record.
“Sørenson’s new film is a provocative documentary about the citizen journalist movement in Syria – citizens who have been recording events in the Syrian crisis and posting stories on the internet. This film will tell the story of this movement and provide a context for their stories and images.”